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Letters to the editor: A new politics

The common man will now have a say in government.

Updated: February 12, 2015 12:27:39 am

This refers to ‘New aam Delhi’ (IE, February 11). I would like to congratulate the intelligent voters of Delhi for giving the Aam Aadmi Party a thumping majority. The AAP’s win is a victory for secularism, honesty and humility over communalism, propaganda and arrogance. The Sangh Parivar’s deceitful religious conversions have backfired. The Delhi verdict proves that people want progress, communal harmony, development and employment. The BJP has not fulfilled its Lok Sabha campaign promises in these past nine months. The verdict also marks the dawn of a new political era. The common man will now have a say in government.
— Krishnaraj Acharya

Delhi’s master class
This refers to the editorial, ‘And a reminder’ (IE, February 11). For the BJP, the warning that the Delhi electorate has served is a godsend. The party should be thankful for it and heed the warning. The BJP desperately needs to beef up its numbers in the Upper House. It cannot afford to perform poorly in the upcoming assembly elections in Bihar and UP. It cannot fight polls with such arrogance and negativity. The BJP can bounce back — this is only a minor setback — but it must embrace ground realities. The party has allowed the RSS and the VHP to hijack the government’s agenda. PM Narendra Modi needs to distance his administration from fringe lunacy. Else, his government’s achievements will be overshadowed. The Congress needs to get rid of its old guard and bring in new faces. The party has nothing to lose anymore — there’s nothing below rock bottom.
— Bholey Bhardwaj

Just take a poll
This refers to ‘Modi’s final appeal: Don’t let bazaaru people mislead you with poll surveys’ (IE, February 5). In one of his election rallies, PM Narendra Modi derogatorily referred to the media and pollsters as “bazaaru”. This only showed his arrogance. Modi trashed the surveys because they had predicted the BJP’s dismal performance. Our leaders should learn to take the bad with the good. Anyhow, had the BJP taken the surveys seriously and decided to run its election campaign by keeping its ear to the ground instead of shooting the messenger, perhaps it would not have had to face such a humiliating defeat. The BJP seems to have fallen prey to hubris.
— Hema

A+ for everyone
This refers to ‘Civil disservice’ by Satyananda Mishra (IE, February 10). The empanelment process and central staffing scheme have failed because they rest on the foundation of annual performance reports.
How can all officers be “outstanding”? By definition, only the exception, not the norm, can be termed as outstanding.
— Pranil Gilda

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